As always, thank you for reading and watching. January 9, 2021.
Video has been going well and I want to continue but I’ll try to keep it to 15 mins (we’ll see!)
Today’s comments include my renewal and passion for “Answer well” and what answering well means to me, especially this week.
Here is the link to this week’s Saturday Cup of Joe video:
What am I doing to Answer Well?
You might be thinking — who is Jeremy Potter in Detroit MI to weigh in on this? Fair point. I lack courage at various times throughout my life — in big and small ways — and I try always to answer well. To consider it, think about it, talk about it, sometimes with a therapist, other times with father, friends and family…
So I know a single moment does not define the whole of a person.
That’s been my way of answering well all year and my adult life, I’d like to think — but not boxing people into a category or a box. By not conditioning my love on total agreement with me.
That’s the personal side.
What else does answering well mean here — it means showing your work, using data, facts, evidence, reality.
When I write or speak about “storytelling” — Packaging is as important as the Contents — I’m talking about better ways of framing data, using data/evidence, showing your work.
Remember in Algebra — show your work!
Storytelling in this context is not fucking fiction where you get to make conclusory declarations without an evidence. Where you get to say, trust me — the evidence is behind the curtain, the evidence is classified, the evidence will be shown but just after you prove agreement or align with me, then you get to see it and understand it.
No! The type of storytelling that answers well. Frankly the type of professionalism in business or politics that answers well is the kinda that methodically and clearly lays out the story.
Makes the case. Makes the argument.
Where was that?
Other topics from the week:
Brave New Home by Diana Lind. Editor’s Note: my apologies to Diana, I said “Diane” in the video cause I was moving quickly and it’s Diana. Link to Diana’s book on Amazon. As noted in the video, the American homeownership rate in the pre-Hoover era was around 44%. Between the federal programs from Hoover through the GI Bill that followed, the rate rose to over 65% and more recently over 70%. White homeownership remains at or above 70% while the Black homeownership rate remains around 44%. Interesting parallel to consider — how did we raise that rate the first time around? How can we do it again for ALL Americans?
BlackRock stakeholder capitalism is asking companies to define and disclosure the universe of stakeholders, at least according to that company. Link to MarketWatch on stakeholders, specifically around climate change. Link to CNBC on climate change stakeholders in ESG.
Link to Larry Fink’s letter to CEOs.
“Josh, let me explain Capitalism to you. Sometimes people decide not to do business with you. It’s their decision. You know the whole ‘No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service’ thing? In your case it happens to be ‘No Principles, No Honesty, No Book’ thing. Feel free to Self-Publish.”
— Mark Cuban, on Twitter, in response to Senator Josh Hawley’s tweet calling Simon & Schuster “Orwellian” (and worse) for refusing to publish/release his book.
Bonus Content: The Visual Capitalist published some great data & data visualization (as the name implies) about AirBnB. Thanks Roger for the link. Check it out here: https://www.visualcapitalist.com/the-business-of-airbnb-by-the-numbers/
Continued success and continue to answer well,